Hand dermatitis is one of the most common problems encountered in dermatology with a prevalence possibly as high as 50% or greater in certain occupations. The discomfort associated with hand dermatitis frequently results in a decreased quality of life. In fact, hand dermatitis can be debilitating for many years.
Dermatitis (or eczema) is inflammation of the skin, characterized by itchy (pruritic), red, weeping skin with vesicles and/or crusty patches. The risk factors for hand dermatitis include chemical exposures, frequent handwashing, and wet-work environments contributing to a higher prevalence in specific occupations including healthcare professionals, machinists, hairdressers, and food industry employees. Continue reading